The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards Guidelines

About the Award

The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards (the “Award”) is granted annually to encourage talented young jazz composers during the earliest stages of their careers. The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation established in the early 1980s, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the fields of arts, arts education and compassion and well-being. Its funding is directed toward projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and the Herb Alpert Foundation President play an active role.

The specific details and requirements of Award are set forth below. Participation in the Award is subject to The ASCAP Foundation Official Awards General Rules and Regulations (the “Rules”). To the extent not specifically defined below, all capitalized terms have the meaning set forth in the Rules.

Eligibility Requirements

The Award is open to young composers (each, an “Entrant”) who have not reached their 30th birthday by December 31, 2017. Entrants must also be, at the time of entry, a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or enrolled student with a valid and current U.S. student visa.

Minor Applicants: For Entrants under the age of 18 (or the age of majority in the state or country of his or her residence), such Entrant’s parent or guardian will be required to complete and submit the Online Application (together with any other Submission materials) on behalf of such Entrant. In addition, for Entrants under the age of 13, such Entrant’s parent or guardian will be required to (a) complete and submit a paper Application (together with any other Submission materials) on behalf of such Entrant and (b) give Parental Consent (as outlined in the Official Awards General Rules and Regulations).

Co-Writers: If a musical work submitted as part of the Submission (as defined below) is co-written, all co-writers shall be considered Entrants and must satisfy these eligibility criteria, together with all other requirements set forth in the Rules.

Previous Recipients of Foundation Awards: Previous recipients of any Foundation award are eligible for consideration for the Award, but may only include in their Submission a work that was written after the work that was the subject of such previous award.

Award Period

The “Application Period” begins on September 22, 2017, and ends at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 1, 2017. Hard copy materials must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2017.

Submission Requirements

To be considered for the Award, Entrants (or, if applicable, their parent or guardian) must complete and submit either (1) an Online Application (by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page) or (2) for Entrants under the age of 13, a paper application available at https://www.ascap.com/-/media/files/pdf/about/legal/awards-scholarships-rules/herb-alpert-paper-application.pdf (as applicable, the “Application”). In addition, Entrants (or, if applicable, their parent or guardian) must submit the following materials in hard copy to the Foundation (a) a bound copy of the score (no original manuscripts) of one published or unpublished original work in the jazz genre (no arrangements) (the “Score”) and (b) a separate letter-sized envelope containing a print-out of the Application together with a composer biography for each co-writer, list of works for each co-writer and, if the Application did not provide a URL from which an electronic realization or recording of the work may be streamed, a CD containing such realization or recording (collectively with the Application, the “Submission”). Works that have previously earned awards or prizes in major national or international competitions are ineligible for consideration for the Award.

All Submission materials must separately bear the Entrant’s name together with all co-writer(s) of the work. The CD must separately be marked with the name of Entrant and each co-writer, the title of the work and the names of the performers. When submitting recordings of multi-movements works, each movement must be on a separate track and marked clearly in the score and CD.

Clearance of Rights: For vocal compositions setting text or a translation of text, Entrants must provide evidence that the text or translation is either in the public domain or, if still protected, used with written permission from the author or translator or his or her respective representative (i.e., publisher or estate).

Please send all hard copy materials (and inquiries) to:
Cia Toscanini, Vice President, Concert Music
The ASCAP Foundation/Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards
1900 Broadway
ew York, NY 10023
Tel. 212.621.6329 • Email: jazz@ascap.com

Judging Procedure & Criteria

Each eligible Submission will be judged by a panel of ASCAP composer members based on the significance and overall artistry and compositional elements of the musical work or composition. The judges are selected by the Foundation in its sole discretion. Decisions of the Foundation and/or judges (including the selection of Award Recipient(s)) will be final and binding in all respects.

Prize and Award Ceremony

In accordance with the Judging Procedure and Criteria above, eligible Entrants will be selected as the Award Recipients and will receive a monetary prize (each, a “Prize”). The number of Award Recipients and the monetary distribution of the Prize resides within the sole discretion of the judges. The total value of the Prize to be shared among the Award Recipients shall be determined in the Foundation’s sole discretion. The Prize is to be shared equally among all co-writers of the musical work or composition that is the subject of the Submission. At the sole discretion of the Foundation, an award ceremony may be held to recognize the Award Recipient, the place and time of such celebration determined in the Foundation’s sole discretion (the “Award Ceremony”).

Notification Date of Award Recipients

March 1, 2018

Post-Award Reports

As required by Federal law, a year after receipt of the Award, each Award Recipient will be required to report to the Foundation in writing on the use of the funds, progress made to improve skills, and accomplishments during the year of the Award.